IMES Blog

March 15, 2018

Reflections from a Social Psychologist تأملات من وجهة نظر علم النفس الاجتماعي

(Photo: Murr Tower, used by militia fighters from various factions during the Lebanese Civil War) by Thia M. Sagherian-Dickey “Why are you asking us Christians about Shias? We don’t have a problem with them. The tensions are between Sunnis and Shias. You should be asking them such questions.” I was […]
March 8, 2018

Is the Master of Religion in MENA Studies Right for You?

Learn from our graduates how the Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies has transformed their work and ministry: Intellectual Excellence. Heart Formation. Practical Application. The Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel) is a unique and innovative multidisciplinary program designed for individuals […]
March 1, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – March 2018

Syria The Masks Have Fallen, Revealing the Ugly Faces of Imposters; We Are Left Alone to Face our God The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the US-led international coalition against ISIS of committing what it called a “brutal massacre” in the countryside of Deir el-Zor, following a military […]
February 22, 2018

Should Women Teach in Seminary? هل من المقبول أن تعلّم النساء في كليّات اللاهوت؟

(أستاذة في كلية اللاهوت المعمدانية العربية تدرّب الطلاب في مهارات المشورة | Photo: ABTS professor training students in counseling skills)  By Elie Haddad John Piper released a new episode on his podcast on January 22, 2018 entitled “Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary?” His conclusion is consistent with his […]
February 15, 2018

American Evangelical Influence on US Foreign Policy and How It Impacts Us as Middle East Christians نظرة بديلة لنقد الدور الإنجيلي الأميركي في سياسات بلادهم الخارجيّة

By Martin Accad On February 7, 2018, Al-Joumhouriah daily Lebanese newspaper published an article by Ambassador Massoud Al-Maalouf, which denounced the devastating role of American evangelicals in shaping toxic US foreign policies towards the Middle East, particularly towards the Palestinian cause. His depiction of evangelicals in this article is simplistic […]
February 8, 2018

When the Lights go Down in the City: A Reflection on the Season’s Passing عندما تخفت الأضواء في المدينة فهذا انعكاس لانصرام موسم في حياتها

By Chaden Hani It was an abiding sense of desperation, frustration and repression which led Lebanese journalist and professor of history Samir Kassir to speak in 2004 of the “Arab malaise.” For as long as I can remember we have barely had a moment of our history lacking in conflict […]
February 2, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – February 2018

Lebanon The Candidates to the Protestant Seat in Parliament in the Upcoming General Elections Will Need to Remember that they Are Called to be “Stewards not Lords, Servants not Masters” On Friday, the 15th of January 2018, the Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nouhad Al-Mashnouk, signed the draft electoral […]
January 25, 2018

MEC 2018 – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam مؤتمر الشرق الأوسط ٢٠١٨

Apply Today! (English / Arabic) In the 21st century, religious diversity is a fact of life. Be it the result of historical precedent or technological advancement, immigration or proselytization, religious diversity can be as disorienting for some as it is enriching for others. For the committed follower of Christ, how are […]